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      05-13-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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I just ordered my AW M3 yesterday, for Euro delivery! I'm pretty excited...My expected pick up date is the end of July, and then it's off to the Ring! Does anyone who took Euro delivery know about how long it takes to get the car back to the states?
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Congrats mike! Enjoy the 'ring' for the both of us. What are you doing with the S5?
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I just ordered my AW M3 yesterday, for Euro delivery! I'm pretty excited...My expected pick up date is the end of July, and then it's off to the Ring! Does anyone who took Euro delivery know about how long it takes to get the car back to the states?
It took 6 weeks from Zurich to Tampa when we dropped my wife's 530i off after euro delivery. Congrat's- You're gonna love it!!
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Congrats mike! Enjoy the 'ring' for the both of us. What are you doing with the S5?
Thanks, I will. Anyone have suggestions for filming? I want to get a small video cam and a solid mount for the drive.

The S5 is going to a friend of mine, so I'll still have access when I need a fix....We'll see if that actually happens though.
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I just ordered my AW M3 yesterday, for Euro delivery! I'm pretty excited...My expected pick up date is the end of July, and then it's off to the Ring! Does anyone who took Euro delivery know about how long it takes to get the car back to the states?
You are from Chicago so I guess it will be around 4 to 6 weeks. I got mine in 4 sleepless weeks. Your car will still be in break-in mileage when you go around the ring and it is tempting to exceed the recommended RPM/Speed. Include a drive on Stelvio Pass. Have a safe trip.
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Six weeks eh? I'm gonna go through withdrawl... The S5 took forEVER to get back. I hope the M is quicker.
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You are from Chicago so I guess it will be around 4 to 6 weeks. I got mine in 4 sleepless weeks. Your car will still be in break-in mileage when you go around the ring and it is tempting to exceed the recommended RPM/Speed. Include a drive on Stelvio Pass. Have a safe trip.
I forgot about that. IS there an actual limiter on the car or is that up to my over developed right foot? I did the Davos-Stelvio thing the last time, and I agree that was an amazing experience. I may go back to Davos or St. Moritz this time...
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Congrats!

Im going end of this month to pick up mine at the Welt. Since im in Chicago as well ill keep ya updated on how it takes for redelivery.
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Having the unique perspective of driving both the S5 and the M3, I'd be curious to get your reactions.
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Remind me when you picking up ... I'm now slated for 5.28 at 9:40 a.m.

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Im going end of this month to pick up mine at the Welt. Since im in Chicago as well ill keep ya updated on how it takes for redelivery.
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Remind me when you picking up ... I'm now slated for 5.28 at 9:40 a.m.

My time is 9am on 5/28 as well.

I will be the Indian guy doing this --->

So most likely run into each other!
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Having the unique perspective of driving both the S5 and the M3, I'd be curious to get your reactions.
Ok, here's the skinny on both cars from my perspective. The first time I drove the S5 I kept thinking, "I can't believe how good this car is." The first time I drove the M3 I kept thinking, "I'm leaving in a week to get my S5, do NOT like this car..."

The Audi is fast, smooth and sexy. In Europe, I was literally gawked at everywhere I went. The interior of the S5 is like a cockpit, and all of the controlls and features are well thought out. Once I got to the Nurburgring, I noticed the suspension was soft, the brakes fade and the steering felt slightly vague. Also, the car felt very heavy and underpowered, or at least the power was not in the right spot for the track. It's all down low in the RPM band. None of this was apparent on regular roads, however. The Audi is extremely capable and a joy on long trips. 12 or 13 hour days are easy in this car. The sound system is the best stock system I have ever heard, and it's better than a lot of aftermarket ones I've heard. When you turn off the traction control, this car really comes to life, and you can push surprisingly hard (I didn't turn it off at the ring - I'm a sissy, I know). Much more fun than when it's on. The AWD is outstanding in normal driving conditions, and it allows for more care free daily driving, especially in traction deficient conditions.

The M3 is aggressive, and more sharply focused. The 09 interior is decent, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Audi interior. The human interface is ok, but some of the controls are a bit pedestrian. The stereo sucks. All of that changes once you start driving it. The steering inputs are spot on, the handling on and off the throttle is excellent, and the engine has over-rev capabilities that are perfect for racetrack or spirited street driving. My motorcycle racing background has conditioned me to a certain feel exiting corners, and the Audi's low redline gets in the way constantly. The M3 just keeps going. The overall package at speed leaves me , and that is the difference between the cars. The M3 exudes immediacy and power like a young German Sheppard, and it constantly urges you to run with it, or it want's to play catch (i.e. Vettes, Cobra's etc...).

I love them both, but as a mere public servant, I can't have both in the garage. At the end of the day, performance wins me over. The Audi is a better GT car and the M3 is a a sharper tool. Time will tell how the M3 feels on the long haul, but, I feel much more in control of the M3, and it leaves me grinning like an idiot, as opposed to the smug satisfaction I feel with the Audi.

I hope this is what you were looking for.
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